The WORST Episodes of Dad's Army

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Network: Channel 5 (UK)

Introducing the Walmington-On-Sea home guard, a bunch of hapless old and young men who have kept people all over the world very amused for the past thirty seven years. Creator/Writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry made each episode of Dad's Army as funny as the previous one, with an element of humour which has survived decades. It has the most memorable catch phrases of any sitcom and due to our fondness of it, it's probably the most re-run show ever. The BBC keep an episode of it queued up in case of a fault at TV centre and it even successfully invaded the big screen with a memorable, well loved Dad's Army feature film made by Columbia pictures.

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A Stripe For Frazer (missing episode)

#1 - A Stripe For Frazer (missing episode)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 29, 1969

Capt Mainwaring promotes Frazer to Lance Corporal thus causing friction between him and Jones When Frazer starts getting above himself Mainwaring cancels the promotion

star 7.00
1 votes
Branded

#2 - Branded

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 20, 1969

Godfrey asks to leave the platoon because he doesn't want to fight Mainwaring is furious and the rest of the platoon shun him until they find out that he was a hero from the first war So he rejoins the platoon as medical orderly

star 7.10
60 votes
Man Hunt

#3 - Man Hunt

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 27, 1969

The platoon are told to be on the lookout for any parachutes found lying about so Walker tells Mainwaring that he has found one. They also take on a dog which they use to track an escaped German pilot but accidently arrest a bird watcher

star 7.10
60 votes
The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones

#4 - The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1969

Mainwaring is under orders to be more cooperative with the A.R.P. wardens. A task that's made very difficult by their newly appointed Chief. Walker strikes a deal with Jones to make it easier for him to carry rationed goods without being stopped by the police - he is to let the platoon use his butchers van as a troop carrier and ambulance by day and let Walker use it by night. He bribes Jones with the promise that Jones will receive petrol coupons for it. Unfortunately things don't entirely go to plan...

star 7.15
80 votes
The Lion Has 'Phones

#5 - The Lion Has 'Phones

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 25, 1969

Capt Mainwaring teaches the platoon the tactical use of the phone system when a German plane crashes into the towns reservoir. Because Mainwaring and Wilson cannot decide what to do it is left to Walker to come up with a plan to make the Germans surrender

star 7.20
69 votes
Number Engaged

#6 - Number Engaged

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 1977

The platoon take over from the regular army in guarding some vital telephone wires During an air raid a bomb lands in the wires and a way has to be found to get it down before it explodes

star 7.37
51 votes
Big Guns

#7 - Big Guns

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 23, 1969

The platoon have taken charge of a large field gun and have to learn how to use it

star 7.39
99 votes
SGT. Wilson's Little Secret

#8 - SGT. Wilson's Little Secret

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 22, 1969

Sergeant Wilson overhears Mrs Pike telling Frank that she is expecting a child. Wilson assumes that she is pregnant and that he is the father, but it turns out that she is looking after an evacuee. Mainwaring advises that Wilson marry her, until she clears up the misunderstanding.

star 7.41
17 votes
When You've Got to Go

#9 - When You've Got to Go

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 12, 1975

Pike finally gets his call up papers and is to join the Airforce but when his blood that has been donated for the red cross is checked it is found to be from a rare group and he is excused military service Then he has to find a way to break the news to the platoon

star 7.42
57 votes
The Day the Balloon Went Up

#10 - The Day the Balloon Went Up

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 30, 1969

The platoon captures a runaway barrage balloon and while trying to secure it Capt Mainwaring is carried aloft

star 7.43
63 votes
The Captain's Car

#11 - The Captain's Car

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 13, 1974

Lady Maltby offers her Rolls Royce to Capt Mainwaring for use as his staff car. After the car has been disguised with camouflage paint, it has to be repainted black, because the Mayor's car has run out of petrol, and there no official car to greet a visiting V.I.P.

star 7.43
56 votes
Asleep in the Deep

#12 - Asleep in the Deep

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 6, 1972

The pumping station of the reservoir has been damaged by a bomb with Walker and Godfrey trapped inside. Hodges is determined to overrule Mainwaring's rescue attempt until it's discovered the structure of the building is very unsafe and they draw lots to decide who is going to be the ones to dig the stranded men out. After successfully reaching Walker and Godfrey, the roof caves in and everyone but Jones ends up trapped in the underground bunker that is now filling rapidly with water. But does Godfrey have a solution that is more useful than asking to be relieved?

star 7.46
28 votes
A Soldier's Farewell

#13 - A Soldier's Farewell

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 1972

During the journey home after a night at the cinema Mainwaring comes to the assistance of the clippie after Hodges makes fun of her Later Mainwaring dreams of being Napoleon with the clippie as Josephine

star 7.46
28 votes
Museum Piece

#14 - Museum Piece

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 7, 1968

With the shortage of weapons, Capt Mainwaring goes to the local museum, to see if any of the guns that are on display can be used, by the platoon.

star 7.48
108 votes
Getting the Bird

#15 - Getting the Bird

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1972

Rumour sweeps through Walmington, that Wilson is seeing a young girl, He goes AWOL, and is found drunk. It turns out that the girl is his daughter. Meanwhile Walker has taken a delivery of pigeons that have been stolen from Trafalgar Square, and has to find somewhere to hide them. Then the platoon assemble for church parade.

star 7.48
27 votes
War Dance

#16 - War Dance

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 6, 1969

The platoon hold a dance where Pike is going to announce his engagement to a local girl Sgt Wilson tries to get him to change his mind but Pike will not be put off.

star 7.49
65 votes
Things That Go Bump in the Night

#17 - Things That Go Bump in the Night

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 5, 1973

The platoon get lost on a wild and stormy night and have to take shelter in a old and deserted house that is used for training tracking dogs When Pike gets his uniform wet he changes it for an old German uniform but when the dogs get loose, they chase Pike and the platoon across the fields

star 7.50
56 votes
Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel

#18 - Round and Round Went the Great Big Wheel

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 22, 1972

The platoon are asked to provide guard duty at a testing ground for secret weapons but when one of the devices gets loose the platoon have to give chase

star 7.53
19 votes
Turkey Dinner

#19 - Turkey Dinner

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 20, 1974

When the platoon accidentally shoot a turkey they try and return it to the local farmer but he will not accept it so the men come up with the idea of providing a dinner for the local O.A.P's

star 7.53
55 votes
Menace from the Deep

#20 - Menace from the Deep

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 13, 1969

The platoon are assigned guard duty on an isolated, disused pier for a week. However thanks to Pike's poor judgment over what to tie the boat too, they end up stranded with no contact with the mainland and no food. Attempts at Morse code only prompt Hodges to pursue the platoon to get them to 'Put that light out!' and he ends up stranded himself. If that wasn't enough Jones spots a mine has floated under the pier, but does Hodges have a solution that'll 'bowl them over'?

star 7.55
67 votes
Knights of Madness

#21 - Knights of Madness

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 21, 1977

During a ' Wings For Victory ' fundraising event the platoon decide to stage a reenactment of the battle between St George and the Dragon but friction starts when Hodges and the wardens plan the same thing

star 7.59
22 votes
A Brush With the Law

#22 - A Brush With the Law

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 1972

When the light is left on in the church hall, Chief Warden Hodges, suspects that Mainwaring is the culprit, and takes him to court. The verger knows what happened, but Hodges will not let him tell the truth.

star 7.60
82 votes
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker (missing episode)

#23 - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker (missing episode)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 15, 1969

Walker is finally called up but Mainwaring tries to get his call up differed because of his value to the platoon but he is still ordered to go only to find out that he is allergic to the army's corned beef.

star 7.61
28 votes
If the Cap Fits...

#24 - If the Cap Fits...

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 1972

The platoon are given a lecture on the German Army but because Frazer keeps on complaining Mainwaring makes him acting C.O. of the platoon Later when the Colonel asks the platoon to attend a dinner Mainwaring has to play the bagpipes.

star 7.63
24 votes
Command Decision

#25 - Command Decision

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 14, 1968

Capt Mainwaring worried about the lack of weapons gets a visit from a Capt Square an old soldier who offers to donate some guns from his collection providing that he can take command of the platoon. Mainwaring agrees until he sees the state of the guns.

star 7.64
78 votes